Global CEs are brimming with optimism. Having shrugged off worries posed by, say, a Donald Trump presidency or Brexit, they are the most confident they have been in years about global growth prospects. Expectations that global growth would improve over the next 12 months among nearly 1,300 CEOs interviewed by PwC between October and November 2017 was at the highest level since 2012. "We have only to look past frantic geopolitical headlines to current economic indicators to understand the reason why. When all the data is in, 2017 will almost certainly turn out to be the best year the global economy has seen since 2010," PwC finds in its 21st annual global CEO survey, launched this week at the World Economic Forum (WEF). The irony of releasing these findings at the WEF is that this year’s theme — Creating a shared future in a fractured world — recognises that large parts of the world’s population care not for positive economic data or, indeed, the outlook of C-suite executives. "Econo...

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